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Canada gains foodservice traffic in first quarter


July 4, 2013
By Canadian Pizza

July 4, 2013, Chicago — Canada, Australia, and China rang in 2013 with an increase in foodservice visits as other countries across the globe experienced weak traffic growth in the first quarter of the year, according to The NPD Group.

The weak restaurant visits in Continental Europe the last quarter of 2012 continued
into the first quarter of this year. It was augmented with soft traffic
in North America and Japan, reports NPD’s CREST, which continually
tracks commercial foodservice usage in Australia, Canada, China, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Australia, Canada, and China were the only three countries that posted traffic growth in the first quarter out of the ten countries tracked. Despite foodservice traffic gains, China reported the weakest traffic and check growth since CREST China began tracking the country’s foodservice industry in 2010. There were foodservice spending gains in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, U.S. with declines in France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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